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Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, Try This

Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, Try This - The Art Of Living Consciously

  2019 is drawing to a close. The new year is on the horizon, and many of us are thinking about what we want to do in 2020. We might think about losing weight, earning more money, saving more money, keeping our homes cleaner, climbing the ladder at work, or any other number of things.…

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How to Look Forward to a Mindful Holiday Season

How to Look Forward to a Mindful Holiday Season - The Art of Living Consciously

  The holiday season is upon us! For many of us, we approach the holidays with dread and consider it a time full of expectations, extra work, triggers, and conflict. How can we actually ENJOY the holidays instead of wishing they’d be over? The answer is consciousness. Most of us don’t put much thought into…

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Focus on What You Want in Order to Create it for Yourself

Focus on What You Want in Order to Create it for Yourself - The Art of Living Consciously

  Many of us wait for life to happen to us and hope we get what we want. We don’t take responsibility for our lives and our experience. Now, of course, things happen to us and around us that are out of our control. We can’t control the weather. We can’t control other people. And…

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Everything You Need to Know About Boundaries

Everything You Need to Know About Boundaries - The Art of Living Consciously

  There’s a lot of talk about boundaries in the self-help and mindfulness spheres lately. Some of us don’t set boundaries at all, so a lot of the literature out there can be helpful. But I also see a lot of confusing advice about what boundaries actually are, how to set them, and how to…

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How Minding Your Own Business Helps You Grow

How Minding Your Own Business Helps You Grow - The Art of Living Consciously

  One of the first concepts I teach students in my retreats and workshops is the importance of minding your own business. At first, “mind your own business” might sound harsh, but in this case, it is actually a gentle reminder to stay in your own lane, so to speak. What Minding Your Own Business…

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The Basics: What is Consciousness?

The Basics: What is Consciousness? - The Art of Living Consciously

  If we want to live a more mindful, peaceful, and joyful life, it’s important to first learn what we’re aiming for. I call this way of thinking and living “consciousness.” When we first embark on this path, it’s useful to learn what consciousness actually IS and what it looks like in our lives when…

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Conscious Living is Not the Same as Being Passive

Conscious Living is Not the Same as Being Passive - The Art of Living Consciously

  One common misconception I frequently hear about conscious living is that it is passive, selfish, or that it makes us complacent. Often, when we hear about consciousness or conscious living, we think of a bearded, half-starved monk sitting in lotus pose on a mountain top, far away from the rest of the world and…

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How to Have a Healthy Romantic Relationship

  I probably don’t have to tell you this, but romantic relationships are some of our most challenging relationships.  Why?   Partly because you choose your romantic partner. You don’t choose your parents or siblings or neighbors, but you choose your partner. And the way you choose your partner is not so straightforward as it might…

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6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat

6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat - The Art of Living Consciously

When was the last time you took a retreat? I don’t mean a vacation or a day off. I mean an actual retreat where you focus on your personal growth and spirituality. No idea what I’m talking about? We get so distracted with daily living; kids, jobs, a broken dishwasher, remembering to send birthday cards…the…

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How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 2

How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 2

  In the previous article, we discussed the difference between consciously accepting feedback and unconsciously reacting to feedback. But what if you feel the feedback is truly harsh? What if you feel insulted? What if you feel it’s unfair?   Now that you’ve learned the basics of consciousness around feedback, let’s put that to the test…

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